Below is my personal assessment of the Wilton Method of Cake Decorating Course 1, which I attended recently. Wilton is popular in the United States. They have baking supplies (bakeware, tools, baking products, etc), cake decoration school, books, etc. I am making this assessment so others would know what to expect if anyone is intending to sign up for the course.
What to expect:
- Four 3-hour sessions.
- You will learn how to make a buttercream icing; how to divide/level a cake; how to ice a cake; how to make basic flowers (drop flowers, roses and sweet peas) and leaves, shell boarders, etc.
- Class is maximum of 7-8 students only.
- The course fee includes a Kit with a book and some basic tools (tips, coupler, etc) but expect to buy additional bakeware and tools e.g. cake caddy, tools caddy, flower lifter, etc.
- The preparation for each lesson can be time-consuming.
- It is a cake decoration course only. They will not teach you how to bake a cake. It is important that you at least know how to bake a basic cake because you will need to bring your own cake during the course.
- I think the course was good, good enough to start a small business. Honestly, if I am not too busy with my work, I'd probably advertise for made to order character cakes and simple cakes.
- There's no other institution or school offering cake decorating course in Doha. In short, they don't have a competitor and people in Doha don't have much choice. I still consider this as positive because it's better than nothing and Wilton is Wilton.
- Small class size - the instructor can focus on each student.
- The instructor provides one-on-one demo/coaching as needed.
- The student is given a Wilton certificate after the course.
- Personally, I find the course to be really expensive at QR 700 ($1 = QR 3.65) for 4 sessions (QR 175 per 3-hour session).
- Course schedule is mostly on weekdays.
- Bakeware and tools can be expensive also.
The course is expensive but I would still recommend it specially for beginners. Just be prepared that on top of the QR 700, fee you'll need to invest in bakeware and tools. Wilton products (the only one available in Doha) are a bit expensive but the quality is really good..
In the Philippines, I took short courses at Heny Sison Culinary School in 2005. For baking and cake decorating, Heny Sison herself is the instructor. I'm quite biased to Heny Sison because I haven't attended any culinary course from another chef/institution plus I'm quite satisfied with her lectures, demo, recipe, etc.
For more information:
Wilton Method of Cake Decorating
TAVOLA, G/F Royal Plaza Mall
Tel. No. +974 4131222
Fax No. +4131444
Fee: QR 700
Duration: 4 sessions (3-hr/session)
Schedule: contact TAVOLA
Heny Sison Culinary School
33 Bonnie Serrano Ave.
Tel. No.: +63 2 7265316
Telefax: +63 2 4127792